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Jones' bunt hit in 11th pushes Orioles past Mariners

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles found another way to win in their last at-bat: a walk-off bunt.

Nick Markakis led off the 11th inning with a double and scored on a two-out squeeze by Adam Jones, giving Baltimore a 5-4 comeback victory against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

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The Orioles improved to 10-4 since manager Buck Showalter made his debut on Aug 3. Baltimore leads the AL with 10 walkoff wins, including four under Showalter.

This one was among the craziest. The Orioles fell behind in the 10th and ultimately won it on a hit that traveled no more than 65 feet.

"It was unbelievable," Baltimore starter Brad Bergesen said. "I don't know if I've ever seen a game won in that style before. It took a lot of guts."

Markakis doubled off Sean White (0-1) and advanced on a groundout by Ty Wigginton. After Corey Patterson grounded out against a drawn-in infield, Jones dropped a bunt down the third-base line that Jose Lopez failed to snare with his bare hand as Markakis sprinted home.

"I looked at [Lopez] and I saw where he was playing me all night, all my at-bats," Jones said. "When I was on third [in the 10th] I was talking to him and said, 'I'm not going to bunt on you. I'm not going to bunt this series.' Hey, he moved back."

Said Showalter: "I love it. I think it's a great play. We need 90 feet there and there's a lot of ways to get it."

Matt Albers (5-3) worked the 11th to get the victory.

It was the 21st time this season that Seattle lost on its opponent's final at-bat, the 10th in walkoff fashion.

"We thought we'd just go right at him right there," interim manager Daren Brown said. "He dropped one down and there was not much we could do right there."

After Mariners rookie Adam Moore capped his first career four-hit game with a solo home run off Alfredo Simon in the top of the 10th, Baltimore tied it in the bottom half against David Aardsma, who had converted his previous seven save opportunities and allowed only one run in his last 12 outings.

A single and two walks, the last one intentional, loaded the bases with one out. After Cesar Izturis bounced into a force at the plate, Aardsma walked Julio Lugo on four pitches to force in a run. Brian Roberts followed with a groundout.

Moore, Russell Branyan and Lopez homered for the Mariners, who fell to 4-3 under Brown. Moore came in batting .159 and had never had more than two hits in any of his previous 34 games in the majors.

But his big night went for naught.

"It's real tough. Obviously, when I hit that home run ... everything's feeling good," Moore said. "To see them celebrate on us in the late innings is discouraging."

In the Seattle eighth, Casey Kotchman led off with a double off Koji Uehara and took third on a bunt single by Moore. Uehara then struck out Michael Saunders and Josh Wilson before Mike Gonzalez struck out Ichiro Suzuki.

The Mariners stranded 12 and went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

"We had opportunities to score more runs and didn't do it," Brown said. "Came back to bite up there at the end."

Bergesen allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. He left with the bases loaded and was rescued by Mark Hendrickson, who retired Suzuki on a liner to first and struck out Chone Figgins.

Seattle's Doug Fister gave up three runs and 10 hits in five innings. He failed to retire the side in order and yielded a hit to every starter except rookie Josh Bell.

Jamey Wright followed Fister and retired all six batters he faced.

Baltimore led 3-1 until the third, when Branyan and Lopez homered over a four-pitch span. It was only the second time this season the Mariners connected on successive at-bats.

Notes
  • Orioles pitchers had a season-high 13 strikeouts.
  • Baltimore didn't record an outfield putout until the 9th inning.
  • Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez came in 5 for 9 lifetime against Bergesen, then went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts against the right-hander. Gutierrez was also struck out by Uehara.
 
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Adam Jones hustles down the line after dropping down a bunt in the bottom of the 11th. (AP)
Adam Jones hustles down the line after dropping down a bunt in the bottom of the 11th. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Seattle

A. Moore
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6010016 .309
Chone Figgins, 2B6000015 .247
Russell Branyan, DH4111221 .245
    Ryan Langerhans, PR-DH0000000 .219
Jose Lopez, 3B6121012 .241
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5000043 .246
Casey Kotchman, 1B5120000 .218
Adam Moore, C5141011 .194
Michael Saunders, LF4011113 .227
Josh Wilson, SS5010024 .251
Totals464124313  
Batting
2B - Jose Lopez (22, Bergesen), Casey Kotchman (15, Uehara)
3B - Michael Saunders (2, Bergesen)
HR - Russell Branyan (16, Bergesen), Jose Lopez (7, Bergesen), Adam Moore (3, Simon)
RBI - Russell Branyan (38), Jose Lopez (46), Adam Moore (7), Michael Saunders (27)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Jose Lopez (16, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister 51033040 3.92
Jamey Wright 2000020 4.66
Brandon League 2200110 2.95
David Aardsma (BS,5) 1111300 4.24
Sean White (L,0-1) 0.2211000 5.52
IBB - Wieters by David Aardsma
WP - Doug Fister 2 (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 103-61, Jamey Wright 24-15, Brandon League 23-15, David Aardsma 36-16, Sean White 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 5-6, Jamey Wright 2-2, Brandon League 3-1, David Aardsma 3-0, Sean White 2-0
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 25, Jamey Wright 6, Brandon League 8, David Aardsma 7, Sean White 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B5011014 .250
Nick Markakis, RF6131001 .290
Ty Wigginton, 1B6120012 .259
Luke Scott, DH5020002 .295
    Corey Patterson, PR-DH1000001 .277
Adam Jones, CF5131100 .285
Felix Pie, LF4010012 .287
Matt Wieters, C3110212 .242
    Jake Fox, PR-C0000000 .223
Cesar Izturis, SS5110004 .242
Josh Bell, 3B4010032 .212
    Julio Lugo, PR-3B0001100 .252
Totals44515447  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (39, S. White)
SF - Brian Roberts (1)
SH - Felix Pie (3)
RBI - Brian Roberts (6), Nick Markakis (41), Adam Jones (52), Julio Lugo (16)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (16), Adam Jones (23), Julio Lugo (8)
CS - Brian Roberts (2, 2nd base by League/Moore), Adam Jones (7, 2nd base by Fister/Moore)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
E - Cesar Izturis (6, Misplayed grounder)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Bergesen 5.1933252 5.80
Mark Hendrickson 1000010 4.96
Koji Uehara 1.1200040 1.88
Mike Gonzalez 0.2000020 4.26
Alfredo Simon 1.2111011 4.76
Matt Albers (W,5-3) 1000100 4.66
WP - Matt Albers (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 103-67, Mark Hendrickson 10-7, Koji Uehara 30-22, Mike Gonzalez 12-8, Alfredo Simon 25-16, Matt Albers 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 11-0, Mark Hendrickson 1-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Alfredo Simon 1-3, Matt Albers 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 27, Mark Hendrickson 3, Koji Uehara 6, Mike Gonzalez 3, Alfredo Simon 6, Matt Albers 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12375
Game Time - 3:47
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Tim McClelland